General Academic Regulations, ADP

Because education is a uniquely personal experience, it is the individual responsibility of each student to (1) know the degree requirements for his or her own course of study; (2) know the rules, regulations, and deadlines which govern the academic programs which are published in this catalog; and (3) develop and follow schedules which comply with these course and program requirements. The University's faculty, advisors, and staff support each student's education in every way they can, but students must assume final responsibility to establish the timeline for advancing and completing their course of study, to register for the appropriate courses, and to complete all degree requirements. Registration in the University confirms students' acceptance of these obligations.

Class Attendance

Class and Learning Team attendance is vital to the educational experience in the Adult Degree Program and is, there­fore, mandatory. Class atten­dance is recorded and maintained for administrative, grading, and finan­cial aid purposes. Failure to attend may impact student financial aid eligibility. Students should contact the Financial Assistance Office for specific information.

The accelerated, lock-step course structure of the Adult Degree Program and its strong focus on collaborative learning require that students have regular attendance and dynamic participation in both the classroom and Learning Team sessions of each course. Increased absenteeism adversely impacts students' academic progress and ability to receive financial aid funds. Thus, CMU is committed to the following attendance policy that fosters academic integrity and ensures the appropriate disbursement of financial aid funds to students who are eligible:

If a student misses any of the combinations (below) of class and/or learning team sessions, then the final grade will be affected accordingly...


2-week course

4-week course

5-week course

6-week course

7-week course and beyond

1 class

F grade required

1 full letter grade reduction required

Up to 1 full letter grade reduction


2 classes


F grade required

F grade required


For a class lasting five (5) weeks or more, students may withdraw from a class with a grade of W prior to the fourth night of the class. The grade of W will not be calculated into the student's GPA. A student may not withdraw from a class after this date. Withdrawal paperwork should be requested from the student's advisor. For classes lasting four (4) weeks, the deadline to withdraw is prior to the third night of the class. Absence from class does not constitute withdrawal from the class, as appropriate paperwork must be completed by the student.

Students who miss an entire course due to extenuating circumstances must arrange for a temporary withdrawal prior to the beginning of the course. Before withdrawing from a course, students receiving financial assistance should check with the Office of Financial Assistance to assure that they will not jeopardize their financial aid status through their absence from class.

Administrative Withdrawal Policy

Students will be administratively withdrawn from a course when they fail to attend the first session of a class and have not communicated with their instructor. The local Region Coordinator will initiate the withdrawal and will communicate with the Office of Financial Assistance and accounting. Students will receive a letter notifying them of the withdrawal. No charges will be added to a student's account for the course.

When a student attends a class for at least one session but fails to return to the class for subsequent sessions and does not complete the appropriate withdrawal paperwork, the local Region Coordinator will attempt to communicate with that student by email and phone. If a student is non-responsive and/or does not complete the withdrawal paperwork, the local Region Coordinator will initiate an administrative withdrawal of the student from the program by the 14th day after the student's last date of attendance in a class. The student forfeits any refund of tuition for the course and is charged full course fees. The student will receive an F for the course. Exceptions to this policy can be made in special situations, but only after communication between the student and the local Region Coordinator.

Student Late Arrival

Tardiness is a major concern in that it represents both missed class time and disruption to the class in session. A student's grade will be adversely affected by habitual and/or excessive lateness to class. Stu­dents who arrive more than one and one-half hours late for class will be recorded as absent for the entire class.

Instructor Late Arrival

If an instructor is late arriving to class—in any loca­tion—please notify the Student Services Office at 314-227-4400. It is rec­ommended that students meet in their learning teams to discuss the assign­ments that were due at the beginning of the class. Students are expected to wait at least 30 minutes for the in­structor's arrival. However, after 30 minutes, they may leave, and the Student Services Office will re­schedule the class after con­sultation with the stu­dents and the instructor.

Leave of Absence Policy

Continuous enrollment in the Adult Degree Program is vital to a student's success in completing his or her degree and in maintaining financial aid eligibility. When situations occur that require a student to leave the program for a specified period of time, students must apply for a Leave of Absence through the Student Services Office. Generally, an approved leave of absence should not exceed 90 days in length. A student may be granted a combination of leaves of absence within a twelve-month period not to exceed 180 days.

Students must provide a written, signed, and dated request for a leave of absence to the local Region Coordinator on or before the last date of class attendance. The request must include the reason for the leave. A leave of absence may be considered for approval if the University determines that there is a reasonable expectation that the student will return. If unforeseen circumstances prevent a student from providing a request on or before the last date of class attendance, the University may grant the leave of absence if verification is received that substantiates the unforeseen. Unforeseen circumstances may include, but are not limited to, medical and family emergencies, business travel, University course cancellation and/or facility closure, and natural disasters. Leaves of absence will have an impact on financial assistance. See the Financial Assistance Office for more information.

Above all, student success in completing the degree is the most important consideration. If students have concerns about their enrollment, communicating with the local Region Coordinator as early as possible is vital.

Taking More than One Class at a Time

All programs offered in the Adult Degree format are accelerated, and students are considered to be attending college on a full-time basis. The "doubling up" or the taking of two courses at once is not permitted without explicit approval by the Assistant Dean.

As a minimum, students must have the following to be considered, although meeting these requirements does not guarantee permission will be granted:

  • Cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0
  • At least 12 hours of coursework completed in CMU's accelerated cohort format
  • No grades below a C earned in the accelerated cohort courses
  • Student is making satisfactory academic progress toward degree completion (very few, if any withdrawals from courses)

In addition to these guidelines, consideration will also be given as to the choice of courses students are making when doubling up. Above all, student success is the primary concern in these decisions.

Transfer Credits Allowed After Matriculation

Prior written approval from the local Region Coordinator is required when a current matriculated student wishes to enroll in courses at another accredited institution and receive transfer credit from CMU. Without this prior written approval, CMU accepts no responsibility for how courses will be accepted in transfer.

End-of-Course Surveys

At the end of each course, students are asked to complete the Student End-of-Course Survey. This survey records information about the curriculum, the faculty, and administrative services. This document provides valuable information which allows the administration to address issues and concerns and to continually improve upon the Adult Degree Program.

Non-Students in the Classroom

Individuals who are not currently enrolled CMU students are not allowed in the CMU classrooms or lobby areas. Students are not allowed to bring children to class, nor should children be left unattended in the halls, offices, lobby areas or outside on campus property. Out of concern for their safety, students must make arrangements for the care of their children outside of CMU facilities.

Class Cancellations

In the case of inclement weather or other unexpected circumstances:

  • A final decision to cancel will be made by 3 p.m.
  • Call Student Services Office at 314-227-4400, or check the CMU Weather page where notices will be posted.
  • Check KTVI Fox 2for in­formation on school closures.
  • Students will be notified by the instructor about the rescheduling of their class.

Classification of Students (ADP)

Undergraduate students are classified according to the number of semester hours of work completed:

Freshman        1-29

Sophomore      30-59

Junior               60-89

Senior              90 and over

Students are considered full-time students at Central Methodist University as long as they maintain conti­nuous enrollment in the Adult Degree Program. To be full-time, an undergraduate student must com­plete 24 credits in a 30-week period. Students who are not currently matriculating are considered "inac­tive."

Courses, Grades, and Grade Point Averages

Grades are posted to myCMU following the end of each course. The transcript is the individual student's permanent academic record, maintained and secured by the Office of the Registrar.

The University uses the system of grades, grade symbols, and quality points described below to report each student's academic achievement on grade reports and transcripts.

A             Grade Points        4

B             Grade Points        3

C             Grade Points        2

D             Grade Points        1

F             Grade Points        0

P             Pass, credit hours only

I              Incomplete

W            Withdrawal

AU           Audit, no credit hours

All courses taken on a letter-grade basis (A through F) are used to compute Grade Point Averages (GPA). For grades in courses repeated, see "Repeated Courses."  A student's GPA is calculated by dividing the number of grade points earned by the number of credit hours attempted on a letter grade basis. As a result, GPAs range from 0 to 4.0. Courses taken on a Pass/Fail (P/F) basis are not computed in the student's GPA. The grades of I, W, and AU earn no credit and are not computed in the GPA.

The grade of I (Incomplete) can be given by an instructor at the end of the course only when both of the following conditions are met: (1) the student is unable to finish the work of a course because of exceptional circumstances which can be documented, and (2) the student has completed at least three-fourths of the coursework and can complete the remaining work apart from class meetings. Faculty should file a plan for completion of incomplete work with the Office of the Registrar. All incomplete work must be completed within 5 weeks after the end of the course for undergraduates, within 6 weeks for graduate courses. After this time, if the "I" has not been removed, it will automatically convert to a grade of F. Additional work will no longer be accepted, and the grade appeals policy (see "Grade Appeals" below) will apply.

For a class lasting five (5) weeks or more, a student may withdraw from the class with a grade of W prior to the fourth night of the class. The grade of W will not be calculated into the student's GPA. A student may not withdraw from a class after this date. For a class lasting four (4) weeks, the deadline to withdraw is prior to the third night of class.

The grade of AU is given to students who formally register as auditors. Auditors must have the approval of the Director of Student Services prior to registering and are expected to attend regularly. They receive no credit, and no grade is given. Upon the report from the instructor that an audit has been satisfactorily completed, notation of the audit is made on a permanent record.

Undergraduate Academic Achievement Award (ADP)

CMU recognizes outstanding academic achievement with the Academic Achievement Award. This award requires all the following:

  1. Admission status: the student must have met all requirements for full admission.
  2. Scholarship:
    1. The student must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 for all college work, including transfer work, and
    2. The student must earn a 4.0 CMU GPA and complete at least 12 hours during the previous six-month tracking period. Grades will be checked twice each calendar year (on January 1 and on July 1).
  3. The student must be a good citizen of the University community in the judgment of the Director of Student Services.

The Academic Achievement Award recognition will be posted on the student's transcript and published in the Adult Degree Program newsletter.

Grade Appeals (ADP)

Students have the right to appeal a grade. All student appeals must be initiated, in writing, within one calendar year of the date the grade is first posted. In all steps of that appeal, the faculty member must be consulted, and the burden of proof is on the student. Students should first make every effort to resolve grade issues with the course instructor. This is the most likely avenue to produce satisfactory results.

If the issue is not resolved through the instructor appeal and if the student wishes to continue the appeal, the student should consult the Assistant Dean for the Adult Degree Program for directions in presenting a petition to the Extended Studies Committee (undergraduate petitions) or the Director of Graduate Programs (graduate petitions). The course instructor will be consulted in advance, notified of any hearings, and permitted to be present at the hearing. If a two-thirds majority of the respective committee judges that a grade change is warranted, the committee will direct the Registrar to make the change. The decision of this committee is final and binding on all parties. (Faculty-initiated grade change requests must be completed and filed with the Office of the Registrar within one [1] calendar year of the date the grade is first posted).

Academic Grievances

Students who wish to file a grievance not involving a grade appeal should contact the instructor (if appropriate), followed by the Director of Student Services, and if a resolution has not been reached, the Office of the Vice President and Dean of the University (660-248-6211).

Academic Probation (undergraduates)

Academic Probation is imposed for one of two reasons: (1) the failure of a full-time student to pass at least 24 hours during an academic year, and/or (2) the failure of any student to make the cumulative and cumulative resident grade point averages (GPAs), which are verified after each cohort term, listed below.

Weighted Hours Attempted

Minimum Cumulative and Cumulative Resident GPAs







90 or beyond



NOTE:The 24-hour rule does not apply to part-time students.

Academic Suspension (undergraduates)

Academic suspension is imposed for one of four reasons: (1) the failure of any student to rise above the probation level at the end of two consecutive cohort terms on probation; (2) the failure of any student to rise above the probation level in three individual cohort terms, counting all terms of attendance at CMU; (3) the failure of any student to achieve a 1.0 (or above) grade point average for any 2 consecutive classes, or (4) the failure of any student to attain at least the following cumulative and cumulative residential grade point average for his/her attempted hours.

 Weighted Hours Attempted

Minimum Cumulative and Cumulative Resident GPAs







90 or beyond



A student on academic suspension may not continue in the Adult Degree Program. A suspended student must petition the Extended Studies Committee (undergraduate petitions) for readmission. Any hours earned at other accredited institutions during the period of suspension will be subject to review before a student is readmitted. A student who has been suspended twice may not re-enroll at Central Methodist University.

Academic Probation (graduate students)

Graduate students are placed on academic probation for failing to achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (or higher) in any given term or a 2.5 for an academic year. This serves as a serious warning of the need for academic improvement if the student is to succeed in the program.

Academic Suspension (graduate students)

Graduate students are placed on academic suspension for failing to achieve a cumulative grade point average of 1.5 (or above) in any given term, or a 2.0 for two or more consecutive terms. Suspended students may not continue in the Adult Degree program and must petition the Director of Graduate Programs for readmission at any later date. The petition should explain the reasons for previous academic difficulties, plans for improvement, and reasons for believing the plans will be successful.

Repeated Courses

Students may repeat any course in which they received a grade of A, B, C or D one time and receive financial aid for the course.  If a student receives a grade of F in a course, the student may repeat that course as often as necessary to achieve a passing grade.  The most recent grade earned will be counted in the student's grade point average.  All registrations and grades will be entered on the permanent record, but a notation that the course has been repeated will be added to previous enrollments in the course. 

Academic Bankruptcy Policy

To declare "Academic Bankruptcy" a student must petition the Extended Studies Committee (undergraduate petitions) or the Director of Graduate Programs (graduate petitions) specifying the courses the student requests to be dropped. Only courses with grades of "D" and "F" may be dropped. Only courses taken ten (10) semesters (excluding summer sessions) or more before the student's application for readmission may be dropped. The petition for Academic Bankruptcy must be made within six months following the student's readmission. Only students who are readmitted to and currently attending the University may petition the faculty Academic Standards and Admissions Committee for Academic Bankruptcy. When the Committee approves a petition for Academic Bankruptcy, the original grades will be shown on the transcript but a notation will be made and these grades will not be included in the calculation of grade point averages, nor will they be included in the satisfaction of degree requirements.

Course Numbering System

Courses numbered 100-299 are designed primarily for Freshmen and Sophomores. Courses numbered 300-499 are for Juniors and Seniors.

Catalog in Effect - Graduation Requirements

Students' degree requirements are generally governed by the catalog in effect when they matriculate for a degree so long as enrollment is continuous. Students may choose to meet the requirements of any subsequent catalog published during their enrollment but not of an earlier catalog. Former students who are readmitted must meet the graduation requirements in the catalog at the time of re-enrollment.

Academic Conduct

The students of Central Methodist University are expected always to follow the rules of good conduct, including the specific policies of the University as outlined in the CMU Student Handbook. When they are participating in a class, whether in the classroom, a laboratory, or another setting, students are responsible to the instructor and are expected to comply with class policies provided by the instructor and with reasonable requests made by the instructor. Course instructors may request that any student be administratively dropped from a course at any time for academic misconduct, excessive absence, or disruptive or other unacceptable classroom behavior. With the approval of the Dean, or at the Dean's request by the Extended Studies Committee or the Director of Graduate Programs, the student will be withdrawn from the course.

Central Methodist University believes that adhering to acceptable professional practices throughout life is a significant foundation of character and personal integrity.   The University's Academic Conduct Policy applies to all forms of academic work, including but not limited to, quizzes and examinations, essays and papers, lab reports, oral presentations, surveys, take-home tests, etc. Every student is responsible for understanding this policy.   By registering at the University, every student accepts the obligation to abide by this policy. Students also are responsible for understanding the particular policy applications required by each of their instructors and to ask instructors to clarify any areas of uncertainty.

Academic Conduct requires that each person accept the obligation to uphold professional standards in all academic endeavors. Any conduct that unprofessionally represents a student's academic performance violates CMU's Academic Conduct Policy. Unprofessional practices include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Cheating in any form (e.g., ghost-written papers; cheat sheets or notes; copying during exams, quizzes, or other graded class work; allowing anyone access to your courseware account to misrepresent their coursework as yours, or your coursework as theirs, etc.);
  2. unauthorized collaboration with others on work to be presented in ways contrary to the stated rules of the course or the specifications of a particular assignment;
  3. stealing or having unauthorized access to examination or course materials,
  4. falsifying information (records, or laboratory or other data);
  5. submitting work previously presented in another course without the advance consent of the second instructor;
  6. assisting academic misconduct (intentionally or unintentionally) This includes allowing any other student to use or submit your academic work or performance, or other academic work supplied by you, under a name different from the author of the work; and
  7. plagiarism.Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, (1) representing as your own work a paper, speech, or report written in whole or in part by someone else (from the un-credited use of significant phrases to the un-credited use of larger portions of material), including material found on the internet, and/or (2) failing to provide appropriate recognition of the sources of borrowed material through the proper use of quotation marks, proper attribution of paraphrases, and proper reference citations. Always provide appropriate recognition of all borrowed materials and sources.

Penalties internal to a course, including grades and expulsion from the course, are at the discretion of the instructor, who should detail course-specific policies and sanctions in course syllabi. Instructors must report all penalties which they impose for academic misconduct, with a brief account of the offense, to the Dean, so that all violations are recorded. For serious or repeated offenses, the Dean may impose further penalties beyond the course penalty, including, but not limited to, notations in the student's file, notations on the student's transcript, probation, suspension, and expulsion. Students can appeal instructors' internal course penalties and any further sanctions by the Dean to the Committee on Academic Standards and Admissions, whose decision is final.

Requirements for a 2nd Bachelor's Degree

  1. Students with a CMU Degree. To be eligible for a second bachelor's degree, a student must complete at least 26 hours in addition to those counted for the first degree. These hours must be earned in courses approved by the Dean of the University, must be taken at Central Methodist University, and must satisfy all the specific course requirements for the second degree.
  2. Students with a Bachelor's degree from another accredited institution have met all General Education requirements but must satisfy any additional General Education requirements for each program and/or degree.

When CMU accepts associate's or bachelor's degrees from another regionally accredited institution of higher learning, we honor the means by which those institutions granted credit (including credit granted by internal testing-out procedures, Advanced Placement scores, International Baccalaureate scores, CLEP scores, etc.)

General Education Requirements for Transfer Students with an Associate's Degree 

Students transferring to CMU with a post-1995 Associate of Arts degree (and 60-89 hours of transfer credit) from a Missouri institution of higher education (or with a completed general education program consistent with the "42-hour General Education Curriculum" described in the Missouri State Transfer and Articulation Agreement) are required to complete an advanced writing course, foreign language (for student pursuing the Bachelor of Arts degree), analytical skills (for students pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree), and any specified courses for a specific degree (BSE, BAcc, etc) as identified in the catalog or as designated in any subsequent catalog. Students are cautioned, however, that Associate of Arts coursework might not meet individual program requirements.


An application for graduation must be filed with the program registrar no later than six (6) months before the student intends to graduate. The registrar and academic advisor will review the application to ensure that all requirements for graduation have been met and to notify the student in writing of deficiencies.

Associate's degree candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Satisfactory completion of all the required liberal arts and/or general education coursework, as con­tained in the Common Core, as well as all coursework required by the individual major
  • A cumulative GPA of at least 2.0
  • A cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on all CMU course­work
  • Completion of a minimum of 24 credits in resi­dence at CMU
  • Payment of all tuition and fees
  • Recommendation of the faculty

Bachelor's degree candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Satisfactory completion of all the required liberal arts and/or general education coursework, as con­tained in the Common Core, as well as all coursework required by the individual major
  • Completion of at least 124 semester credits
  • Completion of at least 36 semester credits of up­per-level (300-400 level) study and 15 semester hours of upper-level study in the major
  • Completion of a minimum of 30 credits in resi­dence at CMU
  • A cumulative GPA of at least 2.0A GPA of at least 2.0 in all upper-division courses in the major

Students who do not maintain continuous enrollment will graduate under the CMU catalog and the transfer of credit agreement in effect at the time of re-entry.

Honors at Graduation

Each year, certain members of the graduating class are recognized for outstanding scholarship. Students whose cumulative grade point average is 3.95 or above graduate summa cum laude. Students whose grade point average is 3.8 or above graduate magna cum laude. Students whose grade point average is 3.7 or above graduate cum laude. Honors students must have earned at least 54 hours in residence at Central Methodist University. Graduation with Honors will be figured using all grades earned by the student toward graduation, including all transferred hours. These honors are recorded on the diplomas and in the Commencement Program. Honors students are awarded recognition cords to wear with their cap and gown.